May 17, 1943 ~ November 20, 2020

Born in: Lamar, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

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ALFRED T. LOTRICH, 77, passed away on 11/20/2020 in Pueblo, CO. Al was born in Lamar CO with his mother whose parents were original settlers of Nepesta CO & his father a true Slovenian immigrant. His passing is the end of a generation. He was proud of his heritage and lifelong ties to Southern Colorado and would spend nearly his entire life in the SE area.
After graduating high school in Holly in 1961 and a stint in the US Air Force he moved back to Fowler in 1971 where he was a teacher, administrator, & coach until 2000 when he retired. His accolades and contributions to small town schools and sports is long but his most important achievement in his career to him was the 100’s upon 100’s of friends he made through his job and life in Fowler and the area.
Retirement brought Al to Pueblo where he would dedicate his “old man” life to his wife & Grandkids and was one proud “Papo”. He rarely missed a sale at Bullseye Liquidators and developed quite a network of friends there over the last decade as well.
He will be remembered for his genuine honest personality, true commitment to his family, amazing story telling ability, his crazy math skills, unique sense of humor, arrowhead hunting, & hiding those mini candy bars.
Survived by his wife of 53+ years Barbara, Sons Alfie (Dusty) & Glen (Becki) and his three cherished Grandkids Kassidy, Cauy, & Dylan.
Al will be dearly missed but lived an amazing life. We will have a celebration of his life this Spring or Summer of 2021… check with Alf or watch Bullseye for details. Photo memorial at

The celebration of life for both Alfred and Barbara Lotrich will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Cottonwood Link Clubhouse in Fowler, Colo. Dinner and drink start at 5:30 p.m. with tribute at 7:00 p.m. Bring a smile, memory, appetite and wear something bright and bold if possible.

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  1. My friendship history with Al Lotrich spans the last six decades. We were raised in the small southeastern town of Holly where both our mothers taught in the local school system. Al and I attended classes together, played sports together and hung out with the same group of friends. As juniors we both were selected for Colorado Boys State and after graduation four of us seniors, Al included, took a two week car trip to southern California. That trip took us through parts of Texas, Carlsbad, New Mexico, Las Vegas, San Diego, Tijuana Mexico, LA, Disneyland and lots of beaches and parks. It was an amazing trip for small town kids whose world was little larger than Holly! We then both attended colleges in northern Colorado. While we weren’t in the same schools we got together frequently to compare notes, catch up on events and party. Quite a bit of that! Once out of college we both had long and rewarding careers as teachers and school administrators. We both retired in 2000, he in Colorado and I in Nebraska, and then our paths crossed again when I moved to Pueblo and found Al and Barb living just a few blocks away. Al was a great friend over all the years, a genuine man, and I will always treasure the memories we made , Thanks, Al, and rest in peace.

    • Appreciate you sharing your memories….Dad talked often of “Crazy Ross” and spoke of some wild times you had together. He never forgot his h.s. and early friends and was proud he was able to reconnect with you.
      Thank You…The Lotrich’s

  2. CandleImageTo all the Lotrich Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Lotrich. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. He was a truly fantastic man and touches so many lives.

  3. Al was a big part of our kids life at Fowler High. He was always fair and understanding but let the kids know right from wrong. Always had a smile for friends and family. He set such a wonderful example of a loving husband and father. He’ll be greatly missed

  4. What a great fun individual to have known. From Fowler to Bullseye what a time to remember every day, will miss you Al. Our thoughts are with you kids and grandkids.

  5. Al and myself know each other over 40 years as we worked together at Fowler High School, lived across the street from each other and he talked me into working at his sons auction after we both retired and moved to the Pueblo area. To quote my son Howard “He was a good Man.” Rest in peace Al you deserve it.!

    • You were very special to Dad…He has pictures of the “Outhouse Lemonade Stand” he put in front of your house on 4th plus all the crazy B-Day 4th Street Parties…LOL. You would be surprised how much he talked about you and your friendship…he was very thankful and proud you were his friend and in his life. Thank You….we appreciate your kind words. The Lotrich’s

  6. Al was one of kind, I can see him with a big grin, getting ready to tell a story.
    Robyn has many fond memories from when he coached her in basketball. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless.
    Bo and Robyn Mason

  7. CandleImageGlen, Becki, Cauy and Dylan,
    We are so sorry about the loss of your dad. He was such a gentle giant and a staple at the auctions. He will be missed. Let us know if you need anything!

  8. So sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was a great neighbor and friend to my parents, Bus and Lou Wisner. We were sad to lose them when they left Fowler. We always felt that Mom and Dad were very safe with Al and Barbara right next door. May peace be with you and family.

    • Thank You….The Wisner ENTIRE family was dear to Dad and the memories of 4th street are hard to describe unless you lived it.

  9. CandleImageSo sorry to hear. He was a great guy and was always there as a neighbor if we needed anything. I remember coming home on leave from the Navy and he told me I joined the wrong service. He will truly be missed

    • Great Memory…We appreciate you reaching out….who could forget the 4th street B-Day parties? Thank You! The Lotrichs

  10. I’m sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was one of the best bosses I ever worked for. My condolences and prayers to the family.

    • Thank you Chuck…Dad would always say “you were way over qualified” for the position and I believe he was right. He had many a memory of your band days in Fowler as do I. Hope you are well. Thank you….Glen & The Entire Lotrich Family

  11. They say Super Hero’s aren’t real, I say all Al was missing was the Cape. The world needs more Hero’s like Al.
    Duane and Amanda

  12. Al was a great guy. All the memories of working together for 29 years, coaching together, fishing, poker games, roofing, scouting, rooming together at summer workshops, eating left over popcorn in the concession stand, and laughing a lot. One cruise to Mexico. Al loved and was so proud of his family and would always have a story to tell. He had such a positive influence so on so many students. Al is remembered by so many. My prayers to the family.

    • Thank You Willie….He must have had 10,000 stories that you were personally in and were a huge part of his life and time in Fowler. Hope you are well…Thank you for the kind words…Glen, Becki, Alf, Dusty, & Family

  13. Uncle Al’s warm spirit, gentleness, constant smile, and genuineness are all firmly entrenched in my memories of him. See you all later in 2021 i hope.

  14. This man was my mentor when I began teaching and is responsible for a successful start to my career in teaching. Although I am retired, I credit my teaching career to Al and all the advice and guidance throughout my career. My condolences.

  15. Al was one of a kind who commanded a lot of respect. I enjoyed working with him through the Santa Fe League activities. Prayers for him and his family.

  16. Al was a great man. I will treasure the memories I have of him. Our love and condolences to the family.

    • Thank You for both of your families being such a huge part of my dad’s and our families lives. Dad had soooooo many stories that had you in them and was so proud you were a part of his life. Hope you are well….Glen, Alf, & the Lotrich Family

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